- Appeared on the London stage in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, taking part in its subsequent international tour, as well as the film adaptation.
- Met the Welsh actress Ruth Jones whilst working on Fat Friends; they later created the sitcom Gavin and Stacey together.
- Persuaded three of the erstwhile History Boys to make cameo appearances as Gavin's bachelor party friends on Gavin and Stacey.
- Had a Number 1 hit song in 2010 called "Shout" alongside Dizzee Rascal.
- Proposed to Julia Carey by planting an engagement ring in her stocking on Christmas Day.
- Hosted the Brit Awards in 2011.
- Was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015.